Ships Tavern Mews represents one of the most ambitious renovation projects of the City of Wilmington’s ongoing revitalization efforts. The city block, stretching from 2nd Street to 3rd Street between Market and King Streets, once consisted of 21 dilapidated properties that were an eyesore acting as a barrier between downtown and the newly revitalized Christina Waterfront.

The vision for the block was to convert the separate buildings to a single apartment complex with one point of entry and retail below. Rather than demolish the buildings, historic tax credits were used to preserve their facades while reconfiguring the interiors into 86 unique apartments and 33,000 square feet of retail space. 36 of the units provide affordable housing.

The National Trust for Historic preservation honored the project with a National Preservation Award in 2005.



Streuver Brothers Eccles & Rouse


Lower Market Street, Wilmington, DE


  • National Trust for Historic Preservation | National Trust Award | 2005
  • AIA Delaware | Colleague’s Choice Award | 2003
  • AIA Delaware | Honor Award for Design Excellence | 2003

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